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Replacement refs more popular than Congress

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The NFL’s replacement officials became a national punchline during the first three weeks of the season, and they were finally given the boot after a disastrous decision to award the Seahawks a game-winning touchdown in a Monday night meeting with the Packers. But despite all that, Americans still prefer the NFL’s replacement refs to their representatives in the U.S. Congress.

Public Policy Polling, a legitimate polling firm that sometimes displays a sense of humor with the questions it asks, attempted to gauge the popularity of Congress by surveying Americans to compare Congress to a number of people who are generally considered unpopular in America. And one of the questions asked in its latest poll was, “What do you have a higher opinion of: Congress or NFL replacement refs?”

The results: 56 percent of respondents picked replacement refs, 29 percent picked Congress and 15 percent didn’t have an opinion one way or the other.

The full poll is here, and it shows that while Americans do have a low opinion of the House of Representatives, there are still a few things Americans hate even more: Telemarketers, John Edwards, the Kardashians and Lindsay Lohan all lost in their respective head-to-head battles with Congress.

But replacement refs turned out to be popular, relative to Congress. The poll did not break down the results among Packers fans.

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24 Responses to “Replacement refs more popular than Congress”
  1. bluebongzilla says: Jan 8, 2013 1:40 PM

    The House of Reps is only half of Congress. The Senate is the other half. Americans have a low opinion of the Senate, too.

  2. rpkllc says: Jan 8, 2013 1:43 PM

    The problem is that everyone hates congress but they LOVE their congressman. All politics is local and nothing will change until locals decide a complete house cleaning is in order.

  3. trollhammer20 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:45 PM

    That’s because when refs fail to do their job, they can’t screw up anything that REALLY qualifies as “important”.

  4. joenash72 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:47 PM

    It was a catch.

  5. cletusvandam says: Jan 8, 2013 1:49 PM

    The truth is other than quicker, more decisive calls (both right and wrong) there really isn’t much difference between the replacements and the regular officials. Horrible calls still happen in almost every game. I still hear refs call out the wrong players number, I’ve still see holding, facemasks, horsecollar tackles, and shots to the head not called. The only difference is it’s not popular to write stories about it every couple of hours anymore.

  6. seacab1972 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:49 PM

    That is pretty easy to do. My Dentist is more popular than congress.

  7. wearewhowethoughtwewere says: Jan 8, 2013 1:51 PM

    Yet if you polled each person individually they would overwhelmingly approve of their own congressman. So its not their congressman screwing things up, its always the other guy.

    But with that said…Boehner and Cantor, are you listening?

  8. cruells says: Jan 8, 2013 1:53 PM

    That speaks volumes given how horrible the replacements refs were..

  9. dmartin17 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:58 PM

    Of course the replacement officials weren’t that bad we’re now learning by watching people like Hochuli screw up time and time again.

  10. rodgers419 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:59 PM

    Conservatives love strike breakers.

  11. giantsfanlewis says: Jan 8, 2013 2:04 PM

    I still bet if you polled people they would say they preferred the replacement refs over the hacks we have now who’s only goal is to get gb and ne into the playoffs year in and year out which is who gb was gonna boycott not having them back
    A level playing field and gb is trash

  12. rajbais says: Jan 8, 2013 2:04 PM

    Telemarketers, the Kardashians and Lindsay Lohan all had below 15% approval rates???

    I love this country!!!!

  13. supremekingz says: Jan 8, 2013 2:19 PM

    Odds are, most Americans today can name more NFL referees than they can their elected officials.

    Go ask someone between 20-30 which district they live in

  14. soitgoes37 says: Jan 8, 2013 2:24 PM

    Losing to Nickelback was the real embarrassment for Congress.

  15. richc111 says: Jan 8, 2013 2:27 PM

    How about the current Ref’s where do they stand. For the hundredth time on these board, the media trashed the replacement ref’s every shot they got. Then the regular ref’s came back and just about got a free pass on their bad calls. some of which cost games too.

  16. stellarperformance says: Jan 8, 2013 2:45 PM

    joenash72 says:
    Jan 8, 2013 1:47 PM
    It was a catch
    =============================

    …yeah, and OJ was innocent.

  17. sportsmeccabi says: Jan 8, 2013 2:48 PM

    Then stop voting for them!!!

  18. csilojohnson says: Jan 8, 2013 3:14 PM

    The real question is the real refs approval compared to replacements.
    I have never seen such horrible officiating as I have this year. After the replacements. The replay booth is even worse. One of the many reasons I have lost almost all interest in this lame sport. Thanks Goodell.

  19. jwreck says: Jan 8, 2013 3:16 PM

    cletusvandam says: Jan 8, 2013 1:49 PM

    The truth is other than quicker, more decisive calls (both right and wrong) there really isn’t much difference between the replacements and the regular officials. Horrible calls still happen in almost every game. I still hear refs call out the wrong players number, I’ve still see holding, facemasks, horsecollar tackles, and shots to the head not called. The only difference is it’s not popular to write stories about it every couple of hours anymore.
    ___________
    Of course you have. All refs in every sport will make terrible calls until we get GPS coordinated ball spots, robot refs, and a camera trained on every player on the field/court/rink, there will contniue to be horrible calls. (Of course, then sports would be so over-officiated that they wouldn’t be fun to watch. I bet Goodell is pitching a tent at the very idea.)

    The difference between real refs and replacement refs isn’t their ability to make the right call so much as keep order and control in a game. Have you seen Ed Hochuli’s arms? Contrary to popular belief, he isn’t just compensating for something, he needs to be the size of a linebacker in order to control linebackers.

    Pencil-necked PAC-12 refs can’t break up a fight between two NFL linemen, and while it’s a struggle for real refs too, they command enough respect and authority to prevent the NFL from becoming the XFL.

  20. themagicfanguy says: Jan 8, 2013 3:27 PM

    @joenash Sure it was a catch… For the GB player.

  21. themagicfanguy says: Jan 8, 2013 3:29 PM

    @giantsfanlewis Come off it, GB gets screwed regularly by the refs. I know you’re a little upset because your team is trash and can’t beat a gimped rookie for a playoff spot, but come on.

  22. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 8, 2013 3:49 PM

    Why wouldn’t replacement refs be more popular than the Senate? They are not trying to repeal the US constitution.

  23. jdphx says: Jan 8, 2013 4:30 PM

    They did a better job!!

  24. drjoemck says: Jan 8, 2013 10:50 PM

    An accurate statement regarding the call of Tate’s catch on Monday night would be to say the disastrous backlash in the face of an unpopular but correct ruling (Tate’s one hand of continuous possession being no less or more than McKenzie’s secondary, but two handed continuous possession) forced the league’s hand into getting a deal done with the locked out officials.

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